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Editor’s Picks for the Annapolis Film Festival

Mar 31, 2016 01:09PM ● Published by Melissa Lauren


#1 Top Pick:

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The Opening Night Film is the Narrative Feature, One More Time, Robert Edwards featuring Amber Heard and Christopher Walken, Thursday, March 31st, 7:15 p.m., U.S. Naval Academy Mitscher Hall
Sulking in his Hamptons mansion, faded crooner Paul Lombard stews over the professional acclaim that eluded him and the trail of romantic wreckage left in his wake. Matters are complicated when daughter Jude arrives with her own problems, including a rivalry with her overachieving sister, a ruinous love life, and a fraught relationship with her famous father. (USA, 2015, 98 min.)
Q&A To Follow
Expected: Director Robert Edwards and Producer Ferne Pearlstein

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2) Documentary Feature: Being Charlie, Rob Reiner
After breaking out of a youth drug treatment clinic, 18-year-old Charlie is forced by his parents to enter rehab again – this time in the company of adult addicts. There, he meets beautiful but troubled Eva, and must now do battle with drugs, elusive love and divided parents. (USA, 2015, 97 min.)
Q&A To Follow
Expected: Director Rob Reiner (via Interactive LIVE FEED), Kathy Miller, MA LPCS, will lead a post-screening discussion

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3) Narrative Features: ma ma, (Spain) Julio Medem
Honoring the high melodrama of Pedro Almodovar and Douglas Sirk, ma ma follows Magda played by Penélope Cruz, as she experiences tragedies and miracles alike. Just as Magda is diagnosed with breast cancer, she meets Arturo, a devoted husband and father in the midst of unspeakable loss. Their chance encounter leads both down a path to strength, grace, love, and rebirth. (Spain, 2015, 111 min.)

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4) Documentary Shorts: Nascent, (Central African Congo), Jonathan Kasbe and Lindsay Branham
Two children offer a dreamlike glimpse of Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war. (Central African Republic/USA, 2015, 6 min.)
Q&A To Follow
Expected: Directors Jon Kasbe and Lindsay Branham

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5) Narrative Shorts: Actor Seeks Role, Michael Tyburski
A struggling young New York actor pursues a part-time gig, performing the symptoms of various illnesses to student doctors. He hopes this is not the pinnacle of his career. (USA, 2014, 19 min.)

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6) Students Shorts Showcase: In the Path of My Father,  RaSeph Wright and Paulina Suira A deeply personal story of two brothers growing up in D.C. without their father, and how relationships with family, peers, community leaders, and the arts have helped them cope and build new beginnings on their road to adulthood. (USA, 2015, 14 min.)
Q&A To Follow (Sunday April 3)
Expected: Director and Film Subject RaSeph Wright, Film Subject Sia Li Wright, Executive Producers and Teaching Artists Lance Kramer and Brandon Kramer

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7) Local Focus: Catalyst, Brian White 
When business owners of Tsunami Annapolis Restaurant in Historic Annapolis respond to a citation from the City to paint their building by commissioning a 1000 square foot mural by muralist Jeff Huntington on the building's facade, a heated debate ensues. (USA, 2016, 8 min.)
Q&A To Follow (Sunday April 3)
Expected: Director Brian White

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